Please arrive a few minutes early to your first appointment in order to complete any paperwork. There are three key aspects of the initial session. The first is to discuss the key issues that have led you to seek therapy. It is important to have an understanding of the broader aspects of your life (e.g., support netwrok, general history, your strengths, your coping style) as well as specifics (e.g., the issue itself, or symptoms). The second is to identify key goals that you would like to achive by engaging in the therapeutic process. By doing this, it means that both yourself as the client and myself as the therapist are working towards the same outcomes in a collaborative, transparent manner. The third aspect of the first session, is for you to get a sense of whether myself as a therapist is a good match for you. A good therapeutic connection is very important.
Following sessions focus on achieveing the therapeutic goals, and may include therapeuitic approaches such as psychoeducation, CBT, mindfulness, and general evidence-based practice. It is vital that therapy is tailored to individual needs, personalities, circumstances, and current issues. Therefore, it is important that as the client, that you choose the pace and frequency of therapy, the focus, and the general direction at the beginning of the session, so that you get the most out of the process as possible. You can change your goals at any point. During the course of therapy, you will be given practical tools to use to help achieve your goals outside of sessions. At the end of each session, it is encouraged that you enagage in a self-care activity such as going for walk, having a tea/coffee and cake, listening to music, or even booking in for a massage. This is because sometimes therapy can 'stir things up' whereby self-care will help you process thoughts and feelings in a safer, gentler manner. Active self-care is also an important part of overall general well-being and resilience.
During the course of therapy, it is important to 'check in' and to discuss how you are experiencing therapy, the therapuetic dynamic, symptom changes, goals, and general changes. It is good to let myself as the therapist know what 'is working' and what 'might not be working' and whether there are any other apsects in your life that you would like to focus on.
Throughout the entire therapeutic process, you will always be treated with a non-judgmental approach, respect, openness, and presence.
Fees & Payment
Please enquire at the time of booking regarding fees. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you will be entitled to $124.50 Medicare rebate. You can receive 10 appointments each year with Medicare rebates provided that your GP reviews and refers you again after the 6th session.
You can claim a rebate from Medicare if you have a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP or a general referral from your Psychiatrist – please bring any referrals you have been provided. For a Mental Health Care Plan to be valid, you will need to have both a copy of the Mental Health Care Plan plus a referral letter addressed to Dr Lily Amorous. Alternatively, you can claim a rebate via your Private Health Insurance if your cover allows.
Payment is required on the day of the appointment.
If you need to cancel or postpone the appointment, please give a minimum of 48 hours notice so that the time may be available for other clients, otherwise you will be charged the full consultation fee.
The cancellation fee is not claimable on Medicare or Private Health Insurance. Cancellation fees must be paid on the day of cancellation.
All personal information disclosed during therapy will remain confidential and secure except when:
• It is subpoenaed by a court
• Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at risk; or
• Your approval has been obtained in writing to provide a report to another agency, (e.g., lawyer) or to discuss your treatment and recovery with another professional (e.g., medical specialist).
Please note that if you have been referred by your GP under a Mental Health Care Plan, that it is both a Medicare and legal requirement to provide your GP with a written report at the conclusion of the 6th and 10th session of therapy. The report is brief and outlines the reasons for attending therapy, symptoms, treatment strategies, outcome, and future recommendations.